Latest posts by KT53

Strictly is back!

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 20:33

Surely time for Ed to go.  Couldn't stand him as a politician but he's certainly given everything in Strictly, he's simply nowhere near the standard of the rest.

How it Began

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 14:37

It sounds like you are really getting into your gardening, but be warned - it is addictive and there is no known cure

Growing in pots is more labour intensive than having a border, but it's also much more versatile.  Don't like where something is located? Just lift and shift with no digging.

I've got a mix.  I do have 2 long borders, but also masses of pots and other containers on the patio and in front of the house.  All the containers on the patio are attached to a watering system, but I have to water the one's out the front by hand.  Not a problem - as you say it can be theraputic.  When holidays come along I shift the pots to the back and add them to the watering system.

Treads for spades

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 14:32

Spades with the 'turned over bit' seem to be more common recently.  I've got a couple like that, whereas my older ones don't have it.

How it Began

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 11:02
Peter-T- says:

Automated watering.......... I live in Scotland so it kinda is automated even in the summer :) but agree, something to look at. 

Over the summer I had a 7 day break and came back to a very dry set of pots, lost a few bits and bobs, and it certainly would stop my excessive use of the hose pipe. 

Deffinately something to have a think about. 



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 You might be surprised, even with Scottish Liquid Sunshine, how little water actually get into the pots even in a major downpour.  The plants create a natural umbrella and stop the rain getting through to the soil.  After all the work you've done it would be a shame to lose plants.

How it Began

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 08:21

Given the number of pots in the back garden I would strongly recommend getting an automatic watering system for them. That's assuming you have an outside tap or could get one fitted.  The manual system might not work all the time, particularly after a bad day at school  .

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Posted: 16/11/2016 at 08:07

Ratchet loppers are brilliant for larger branches.  My old pair recently gave up and I bought a pair without the ratchet - big mistake!  Do check out the size of the non-cutting blade if you go for the anvil type.  Some I've looked at are massive and wouldn't get into may of the spaces I got to with the bypass pair which has just died.

I'll look for a new pair at the Malvern Show next year.

How best to clear an overgrown area

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 08:03

This is the ideal time to clear the area as growth will be at a minimum and you will be able to down into the area as the leaves fall.  Just take your time and ideally do it by hand.  I understand why many people are against using strimmers / brushcutters but there are times when there is little option.  Particularly if it's a very large area.

Soft Verge

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 08:24

Can you put a large timber or metal post on the verge to stop vehicles driving on there?

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 13:21
pansyface says:



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 The first moron as President of the USA was appointed in 2001.  Trump may be many things, but he certainly doesn't fit that description.  (the quote unfortunately hasn't incorporated the original image from pansyface's post.) which was to the effect the the Whitehouse will be adorned by a downright moron.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 22:32

Neither Benazir Bhutto and Indira Ghandi can exactly be held up as shining lights of democracy.  They were both parts of political dynasties in the same way as the Kennedy, Bush and Clinton tribes.

Just like in the USA they may well have done a lot of good, but they were also looking after their own interests first and foremost.

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